Meal Planning Monday ~ Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

             Last night’s new side dish was a complete and total failure!  I was attempting to make mashed cauliflower.  “Your family won’t know the difference between this and real mashed potatoes,” the recipe declared.  Yeah, right!  The texture was all wrong – more like sauerkraut than mashed potatoes.  The taste was okay, but hubby and I thought it would be a waste of good gravy, and made some instant mashed potatoes instead.  The failed kitchen experiment went into the trash.

            Mistakes and flops are a part of life, even in the kitchen.  Sometimes it’s the cook’s fault and sometimes the cause is a bad recipe.  I’ve resolved to try at least one new recipe per week this year.  I’m sure I will find some new favorites, but I expect that some will be mediocre and a few will be total flops. I used to take failure in the kitchen very personally, but I’ve realized there’s no point in beating myself up over it.  My new motto is: Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

            I’ve actually been trying quite a few recipes and cooking methods to go along with my recent Detox Drop and Carb Stepping process with the Diet Free Life methodology.   So I have been searching for some yummy recipes that are lower in carbs, thus the mashed cauliflower experiment.  I’ve even created a Pinterest board for those low carb recipes I want to try.  Below is my meal plan for this week.

Monday ~ Mmmm Chicken, sautéed mushrooms, and parmesan baked zucchini.  This chicken is a new recipe, and it looks easy and delicious.  Put four boneless chicken breasts in a glass baking dish.  In a small bowl, combine ½ cup of sour cream (I’ll use reduced fat sour cream) and ¼ cup of parmesan cheese.  Spread over chicken breasts in a baking dish.  Sprinkle Italian bread crumbs on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Tuesday ~ Eggplant Rollitini with a spinach salad.

Wednesday ~ Out to dinner with a friend to one of my favorite restaurants – BoneFish!

Thursday ~ Fish tacos and refried beans.  My version of fish tacos is very easy.  Season some tilapia with Mrs. Dash’s Fiesta Lime seasoning.  Pan-fry it with some olive oil cooking spray.  Divide among tortillas, and top with mixed salad greens, shredded cheese, some salsa or hot sauce, and guacamole.

Friday ~ Portobello Mushroom Pizzas

Saturday ~ Pesto Chicken Thighs in the crock pot with garlic roasted asparagus.

Sunday ~ Lately Nick and I have been eating Mexican carry out on Sundays.  If not, I will make my “grown up grilled cheese” sandwiches and vegetable soup.